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Instrumentation Resource Facility


Biomedical Research Equipment 

The Instrumentation Resource Facility (IRF) is an integral component of the research and teaching mission of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USC SOM). Located within the facility are several major pieces of state-of-the-art biomedical research equipment that provide techniques ranging from whole animal through single cell imaging to analysis at the molecular level. The IRF also houses a full range of ancillary equipment that is available for sample preparation. In addition to serving as a resource for acquisition of primary data, the IRF also has the capacity for image enhancement and related data analysis. 

The mission of the IRF is to provide state-of-the-art biomedical research instrumentation for use in the USC SOM and USC main campus research environments. As time and resources permit, outside use of the facility is also permitted and encouraged. Technical assistance and training are available in all areas of research sponsored in the IRF. 

 Equipment & services available to users include:


▪ Whole Animal Imaging Instruments

▪ Histology & Light Microscopy

▪ Live Cell & Confocal Imaging Systems

▪ Electron Microscopy Systems                           

▪ Image Analysis Software

▪ Flow Cytometry/Cell Sorting

▪ Molecular Analysis

▪ Training, Extended Assistance, & Consultations  

IRF Faculty

Austin Worden, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Cell Biology & Anatomy
Director of IRF
Phone: (803) 216-3823
Home page


Robert Price, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Cell Biology & Anatomy
Director of IRF (retiring)
Phone: (803) 216-3824
Home page 


Jay D. Potts, Ph.D.
Cell Biology & Anatomy
Assistant Director of IRF
Phone: (803) 216-3820
Home page


Jason Kubinak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Director of Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting
Phone: (803) 216-3408

IRF Staff

Anna Harper 
Lab Manager and Administrator  
Phone: (803) 216-3825


Lorain Junor
Research Specialist
Phone: (803) 216-3859


Ryan Ball 
Graduate Research Assistant
Phone: (803) 216-3859


Karmen Owen
Research Specialist
Phone: (803) 216-3858


Kenny Johnson 
Graduate Research Assistant
Phone: (803) 216-3854   

Links and Resources

Instrumentation Resource Facility 

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

USC School of Medicine Basic Science Departments

USC School of Medicine Master's Program Applied Biotechnology

Microscopy Society of America

Southeastern Microscopy Society